Raking Quentin needs push in All-Star voting

Raking Quentin needs push in All-Star voting

SAN DIEGO -- After missing the first 49 games of the season recovering from March knee surgery, Carlos Quentin has done his best to make up for lost time.

The slugger has done so by becoming an extra-base hit machine for the Padres, though he'll need some help from fans if he's going to earn a spot on the National League All-Star team.

In his first 17 games with the team, all Quentin has done is hit .400 with a .522 on-base percentage and .836 slugging percentage.

Better still, Quentin has six home runs, 13 RBIs and 12 extra-base hits. He's also making life on others in the lineup better offensively with his mere presence.

"Without a doubt," said Padres third baseman Chase Headley, who not so coincidentally had a 10-game hitting streak after Quentin returned. "I think that he gives everyone a little better chance to succeed. It's nice to have that big bat in the middle of the lineup.

"In just the small time I've hit in front of him, I can tell I have been pitched a little different than I was before. It's nice to have him in there. I think it sets the rest of the lineup a little better to where it should be."

The other Padres on the ballot are shortstop Jason Bartlett, third baseman Headley, outfielders Will Venable and Cameron Maybin and catcher Nick Hundley.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.